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This Week in Women's Tennis

2014 Schedule
Sept. 11 at UNC-Wilmington Invite
Sept. 18 at Milwaukee Classic
Sept. 25 at Gopher Invite
Oct. 3 at ITA All-American Invite
Oct. 9 at Beach Tennis Tourn.
Oct. 22 at ITA Regionals
Jan. 29 Houston 5 pm
Jan. 31 at Marquette 1 pm
Feb. 5 ITA National Indoors TBA
Feb. 12 Texas Tech 4 pm
Feb. 14 Tulane 10 am
Feb. 26 Minnesota* 4 pm
Feb. 28 Utah 10 am
March 4 Illinois* 3 pm
March 6 William & Mary 10 am
March 18 Ohio State* 5 pm
March 20 at Penn State* 10 am
March 25 at Iowa* 5 pm
March 27 at Nebraska* TBA
April 2 Michigan* 11 am
April 3 Michigan State* 11 am
April 15 at Indiana* TBA
April 17 at Purdue* 11 am
April 22 Rutgers* 4 pm
April 24 Maryland* 10 am
April 28 Big Ten Championships TBA
*B1G match
BOLD indicates home match

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2014 Roster
Maria Avgerinos 5-7 JR
Lauren Burich 5-9 SR
Lauren Chypyha 5-11 SR
Kelsey Grambeau 5-6 SO
Caroline Hall 5-8 FR
Nathalie Joanlanne 5-8 FR
Kendall Kirsch 5-8 FR
Sydney Rider 5-8 JR
Ekaterina Stepanova 5-10 SO
Anastasia Tripolskaya 5-4 SR
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The Next Step: Badgers' fall begins Sept. 11
With everyone returning and three promising freshmen, Samara's squad is aiming high

UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invite Results

In her third season as head coach, Tina Samara and the Wisconsin women’s tennis team begins the fall season looking to build on a positive trend. Inheriting a team that went just 5-18 before her arrival, Samara has led the Badgers to seven and 10 wins in each of the last two seasons.

With the addition of assistant coach, Taylor Braziel and a promising group of freshmen, Wisconsin returns all seven players from last season.

“By bringing back our entire team from a year ago, it helps us keep the culture we’ve been trying to build for the past two years,” Samara explained. “When you lose half your team it’s hard to continue building that culture so returning everyone will be really helpful in continuing what we’ve been working towards.”

Among those returning is a two-time, first-team all-Big Ten performer Lauren Chyphya. The senior enters the 2015-16 campaign with a career record of 65-36 and needs just 17 wins to crack Wisconsin’s top-10 list for career singles wins. A year ago, Chypyha, a Toronto native, led the Badgers with a mark of 24-10.

When it comes to leadership, Samara sees no shortage of it this year.

“Obviously we’re looking for Lauren (Chyphya) to take over some leadership roles as the returning number one player and one of the seniors we have on the team,” Samara said. “However, I’m looking to turn to everyone to show leadership as everyone can bring something different to the team in the form of leadership based on their personality and other traits.”

Chypyha is joined by fellow seniors Lauren Burich, who led UW with 22 doubles wins and finished with a mark of 21-16 in singles action, and Anastasia Tripolskaya, who is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued junior season.

Juniors Sydney Rider and Maria Avgerinos add valuable depth. Rider increased her win total from a 9-28 freshman season, to a mark of 20-15 last year. Avgerinos, a transfer from Syracuse, went 17-15 in her Badgers’ debut.

Sophomores Kelsey Grambeau and Ekaterina Stepanova look to build off promising freshman seasons. Grambeau tallied a 21-14 doubles record a year ago and added 21 singles victories. Stepanova earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award after tying for the team lead with six Big Ten singles wins.

The fall schedule, which begins Sept. 11 at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invite will be especially valuable for the Badgers’ three incoming freshmen: Caroline Hall, Nathalie Joanlanne and Kendall Kirsch.

“The fall is used to get to know some of the newer players and figure out lineup ideas for singles and specifically doubles,” Samara said. “With three new girls, this fall is going to be a lot about getting to know everyone on and off the court.”

After the Seahawk Invite, the Badgers participate in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic from Sept. 18-20 before heading to Minneapolis for the Gopher Invite Sept. 25-27. The ITA All-American Invite begins on Oct. 3, followed by the Beach Tennis Tournament in Long Beach, California Oct. 9-11. The fall slate wraps up Oct. 22-25 with the ITA Regionals, hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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